The Awakening, San Ignacio Belize

Expedition Hobo

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It was a long day of traveling the night before and I was looking forward to sleeping in as I had no set plans today. Imagine being awoken at 5:30 in the morning with that mind-set. I was thoroughly upset. Half asleep, I can’t recognize what the noise is that awoke me. I listen carefully and I realize the source of the racket.

081 (2) Keel-billed Toucan

099 (2) Aracari Toucan

Parakeets, parrots, toucans and other birds of paradise chirping in the trees have stirred me out of my sleep. After realizing this, I couldn’t help but smile and I knew this was an omen for things to come here in Belize. How many people have birds of paradise as their alarm clock.


The bungalow I’m renting is a not-so-modern room made of wood and corrugated tin roof with window sills but no glass panes. The opening is only covered by a screen and…

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